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Old 06-04-2020, 11:13 PM
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Vulcan Shuttle

Sure hope somebody that sees this wants to design a papermodel. Where do you post? Civil Wheels or PASA?

Looks like someone kitbashed: Vulcan Shuttle-vulcan-shuttle.jpg

Here is a podcast that tells the story, it is 22-minutes but worth listening too. Very interesting!
https://bangshift.com/bangshift1320/...ulcan-shuttle/

How many have seen this car run at a local track?

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Old 06-05-2020, 06:43 AM
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haha very cool.
Not the first (real) rocket car I've seen, but its the first rocket powered beetle.
(I have seen a jet powered Beetle!)

Does look silly...reminds of something out of a Road Runner cartoon.
Coyote tries to outrun an out of control rocket in this Beetle, but....


I'm more curious of the name and how that came to be.
I don't see the connection, but I assume it relates to Star Trek somehow.

I can't listen to the podcast since it is only on iTunes (which I don't have or wish to install)
oh wait...theres a link to the podcast (off iTunes): https://dorkomotive.com/podcast/1-11...ulcan-shuttle/
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Never heard of that car. Pretty sure NHRA wouldn't let it run at any of their tracks, especially after the Pollution Packer (hydrogen peroxide rocket) crashed. But the southeast had a bunch of IHRA, AHRA and independent tracks that were a lot looser on what could run.
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Old 06-13-2020, 04:46 AM
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Never heard of that car. Pretty sure NHRA wouldn't let it run at any of their tracks, especially after the Pollution Packer (hydrogen peroxide rocket) crashed. But the southeast had a bunch of IHRA, AHRA and independent tracks that were a lot looser on what could run.
If I listened correctly, think they said they were a "show" that was paid money to perform at the race tracks.

The rocket itself sounds safe, a tie-rod broke, that is what caused the crash. Does not look like it was rebuilt, as it killed the driver.

It does mention anybody that has seriously hot rodded a VW Beetle soon run into hi speed aerodynamic issues. They were doing close to 200mph in a 1/4 mile.

Have owned several VW's through the years. Started with a 1959 Window Van, 1300cc engine ($350 money paid 1978).

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If its an NHRA sanctioned track, only NHRA inspected and approved vehicles are allowed on the track, race or exhibition. One of the reasons you have AHRA and independent tracks.
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Hi Whulsey,

Plan to look up the hydrogen peroxide you mention.

Don't blame them for outlawing that style of rocket. Way to volatile.

Anything organic coming in contact with 40% hydrogen peroxide goes boom in a fuel delivery system. It dissolves human skin on contact.

Read the Rocket Fighter by Mano Zigler to find out more. Get the hard bound version for photos.

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